Michael Silverberg

George Lois's Bright Ideas

George Lois doesn’t need advice. But the designer for whom “legendary ad man” is practically a Homeric epithet has loads to share in Damn Good Advice (for People with Talent!), a slim, fast-paced collection that comes out in March (Phaidon, $9.95). Although there are plenty of tips for the aspiring “master communicator” (No. 6:...

The Czech Design Resistance

In Russian, samizdat literally means “self-published,” but the term has richer associations than vanity presses and Xerox machines. In the pre-glasnost years, artists, writers, and intellectuals in the U.S.S.R. would circulate underground publications clandestinely, often using typewriters and carbon paper to reproduce them. In spite of the danger, or perhaps because of it, the work...

The Posters of Occupy Wall Street

Early this morning, I visited Zuccotti Park, the shaky seat of Occupy Wall Street. Today is the two-month anniversary of the Lower Manhattan encampment, and although the NYPD raided it earlier this week and rousted the protesters from their tents, there was a sizable crowd there before 7 a.m. They were there to march...

Relational Aesthetics with a Waiver

Tomorrow, “Carsten Höller: Experience,” the New Museum’s mid-career survey of the 50-year-old German artist, opens to the public. Among the highlights: an ambling mirrored carousel with swings; an ethereal sensory-deprivation pool; and a three-story steel slide that worms its way through the galleries. It was the latter that had, a few minutes into this...

Mr. Heller Goes to Washington

Last week, Steven Heller, one of our longest-running and most beloved contributors—certainly our most prolific—traveled to the White House to accept the Design Mind Award from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. The award “recognizes a visionary who has effected a paradigm shift in design thinking or practice through writing, research, and scholarship.” It couldn’t...

What We Talk About When We Talk to Objects

“My brother used to think that when you had coffee machines, there was a guy inside making the coffee,” says Paola Antonelli, the Museum of Modern Art’s senior curator of architecture and design. She was explaining a conceptual video featured in the upcoming exhibition Talk to Me: Design and the Communication Between People and...